How to Grow an Herb Garden
The sun is shining, most days and the temperatures are slowing warming up. Time to start the process of thinking what things you want to grow in your garden. Several years ago, right in the center of my backyard, was a garden arch with climbing flowers enveloping it by mid summer. I thought to myself….how can I make use of this space to a fuller extent?
Growing an Herb Garden
My solution was a small, but basic, herb garden. My culinary skills were changing a bit to include some basic herbs, so I thought that this area would be perfect to grow some basics. My husband had some very old, large pieces of sturdy wood that he had salvaged from an old farmhouse. We didn’t have a specific purpose for them and thought they would make wonderful raised beds around the arch. So, that’s what we did. We made several smaller areas that were perfect for having a small herb garden. The next question was, which herbs to grow. I wanted herbs that I knew I could use in everyday cooking. If you search your local greenhouse, it seems they do carry a huge assortment. Some I have heard of, others not so much. I decided on ones that were familiar and they ended up being very easy to care for and use.
Chives: These fragrant and pretty herbs are one that comes back year after year. I have an onion and garlic variety in my herb area. They grow tall with large purple flowering heads on the end of them unless you cut them back regularly. They are good to have fresh cut throughout the summer season. They also can be dried at the end of the season. I usually do this when it’s time to cut them all the way back to go into fall.
Rosemary: I have included this in my herb garden. It is a relatively compact plant and easy to grow. I usually only plant one plant, as that has been plenty for our family. Great for using fresh, in chicken recipes. Can also be dried for later, wintertime use.